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Too Many Apples?

By Fredrica Syren:

I love fall for many reasons but one major reason is that’s it’s prime apple seasons. My family loves to go on apple self-picks and after we come home with loads of apples I go into preserve-apples mode. Here are some recipes that I tried that were successful for me. Since I don’t add preservatives, I have to freeze cooked apple dishes or we have to consume them within days. I always freeze in glass containers and in small amounts to (A) reduce the use of plastic and (B) make defrosting the right amount easy.IMG_2785 (1)

Applesauce:

Making applesauce from fresh apples is so easy, and it tastes great. On weekends, my kids love eating applesauce with hotdogs to mimic a fast food meal. (I know — sad). The secret is that I don’t add sugar. Instead, I add some vegetables to it make it even more nutritional. Our two boys really loves this applesauce.

  • 2 large sweet apples
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 squash

Peel fruit and vegetables, and remove core from apples. Dice and place in a pot, and cover with water. Cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Puree in a food processor or blender. If you prefer chunky applesauce, use a potato masher instead. Let sauce cool before attempting to freeze.dried apples

Dried Apples:

This is a great snack for everyone and a perfect food to take when on the go. I always leave the peel ondried apples because it looks pretty and adds more fiber. But you have the option of peeling them. I dry my apples in a dehydrator, but it can be done without one by using a window screen or oven rack covered with cheesecloth.

Wash and core apples. Slice very thinly. As an option, use a mandolin slicer. Dip each slice into water with a little lemon juice to prevent darkening. Place in a single layer in dehydrator or on a sheet. In a dehydrator, it will take a couple of hours; at room temperature, a few days.

Apple Chutney:

I love apple chutney in Indian dishes and as a condiment for BBQ.

  • 4 large applesapple chutney
  • apple chitney1 medium red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1½ tsp. jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper

Peel and core apples, and dice them. Mince onion, garlic and jalapeno pepper. Grate ginger. Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 44-55 minutes. Let cool. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze.

You know what they say: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Actually, there might be some truth to this. Of course, it takes more than an apple to be healthy, but it surely is a step in the right direction. Filled with so much goodness, they are good sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber. The insoluble fiber helps clean out the digestive system. Apples also contain a good amount of minerals, and Vitamins C, K and A. Make sure to eat the skin, too, because that’s where lots of the vitamins and antioxidants are.

 

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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